Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials

A Terra Foundation Resource

In 2015, with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art, more than 75 Chicago archival repositories were surveyed. Browse by repository or search across the nearly 900 records to discover the history of American Art in Chicago.

The Archives of American Art would like to acknowledge the work of Chicago-based art historian Dr. Wendy Greenhouse who completed the survey, and the valued participation of the contributing institutions and organizations.

Repository Locations

Surveyed Collection Descriptions

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  • Collection Title: Chicago Area Topical Collection on Art—Atlan Ceramic Art Club
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Adeline Lobdell Atwater papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1932–1956
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Auditorium Theatre Council records
    Inclusive Dates: 1955–1970
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Auditorium Theatre Council (Chicago, Ill.) records
    Inclusive Dates: 1960–1982
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: John James Audubon [papers]
    Inclusive Dates: 1829–1844
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: B. F. Ferguson Monument Fund records
    Inclusive Dates: 1906–2000
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: B. Leader & Sons photograph collection and B. Leader & Sons items
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1920–1997, circa 1957–1990
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Baltramaitis collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1960s–1981
    Repository: Lithuanian Research and Studies Center
  • Collection Title: Laura Bannon collection of illustrations
    Inclusive Dates: 1939–1958
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Claude A. Barnett papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1918–1967 (bulk 1928–1963)
    Repository: Chicago History Museum

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